Back to normal at King’s Lynn hospital

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110941009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110941009
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Operations have returned to normal at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a busy weekend.

Hospital chiefs put out an appeal on Monday asking people to only use the Gayton Road’s A&E department in an emergency after seeing a 15 per cent increase in patients.

On Saturday, 197 people attended while on Sunday staff treated 199 people.

Patricia Dunmore, interim chief operating officer, said: “The hospital has now returned to normal following high attendances on Monday and over the weekend.

“Our return to regular operation was rapid and this gives us confidence our plans to deal with winter pressures will be effective.

“This was a credit to both staff and our emergency planning.”

Staff at the hospital were unable to identify a trend behind the increase in people attending the A&E department over the weekend.

The hospital is preparing for the seasonal pressures placed during the winter.

The QEH and West Norfolk Clinicial Commissioning Group have been running the Choose Me Not A&E Campaign, in a bid to discourage people going to the emergency department.

Pharmacies, GPs and the NHS 111 service are being promoted.